Driver on the run

A DRIVER is on the run today after fleeing the scene of an accident in which his car catapulted a concrete bollard into a house.The out-of-control driver careered a Vauxhall Astra car onto a grass verge and towards a home in Leather Bottle Hill, Little Blakenham.

A DRIVER is on the run today after fleeing the scene of an accident in which his car catapulted a concrete bollard into a house.

The out-of-control driver careered a Vauxhall Astra car onto a grass verge and towards a home in Leather Bottle Hill, Little Blakenham.

A front gate, a concrete bollard and a garden fence were all decimated as the car went on a rampage that only stopped 200 metres further along the road when one of the car's front tyres exploded.

The drama began at around 6am on Saturday when Frank Scahill was woken by the sound of a concrete bollard thumping into his doorstep.


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Mr Scahill immediately got up to see what had happened and saw a car marooned further along the road. After calling the police, he approached the driver to get his details.

Mr Scahill said: "There was a big bang. It woke me up so I went out and looked out of the front window and saw the front gate had gone.

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"I couldn't see the car because it was about 200 metres further along. I wandered down to get the details of the driver. We started walking back up the hill and he asked me if I had called the police.

"I said 'Yes' and then he legged it. I chased him for a little bit but couldn't catch him."

Mr Scahill, who lives at the house with his wife and two young children, said around £1500 worth of damage has been done.

Three police cars attended the incident but were unable to trace the driver, who is believed to have been driving towards Bildeston in a hire car.

The driver, who is thought to be in his 20s, ran off in the Somersham direction.

Neighbour Richard Phillips, 85, the former chairman of Little Blakenham parish council, captured the aftermath of the incident on his camera while walking his dog.

"I looked out of my bathroom window and I saw a police standing by a car, he said. "The front wheel suspension had dropped out and I went over and saw the damage and took a few pictures."

A police spokeswoman said: "We received a call from the owner of the Vauxhall Astra later that morning, stating that the vehicle had been stolen."

She said officers were initially called at 6.10am, and appealed for anyone with information on the incident which happened before then, to call Pc Barry Abbott at Stowmarket Police on 01473 613500.

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